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News Round-up for Illinois Hunters

From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

New License year begins for Illinois residents

Anglers and hunters are reminded that the new license year for Illinois fishing, hunting, and sportsman combination licenses began April 1.  Those licenses are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR web site (, or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The 2009 annual licenses are valid through Mar. 31, 2010 unless otherwise noted.

Resident Firearm/Muzzleloader Deer Applications

 Resident Illinois deer hunters can apply for the first lottery drawings for 2009 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader-only deer season permits through the IDNR web site at  Click on the DNR Direct button on the home page to apply using a credit card.  Application forms in PDF format are also available on the IDNR web site.  The first lottery drawings for firearm deer permits and muzzleloader-only season deer permits are for Illinois residents only. 

The deadline to apply for the first lottery drawing for 2009 firearm deer permits and muzzleloader-only deer permits is April 30.  Resident hunters can apply in both the firearm and muzzleloader-only lotteries.  The 2009 firearm seasons are Nov. 20-22 (first season) and Dec. 3-6 (second season). The 2009 muzzleloader-only season is Dec. 11-13.

Youth Turkey Hunt

The 2009 Illinois Spring Youth Wild Turkey Season closed with a preliminary harvest total of 617, down slightly from 638 in 2008.  The number of birds taken during the youth hunt this spring was an increase over the harvests seen in 2006 (525) and 2007 (579).  The South Zone harvest this spring was 254 compared with 244 last year.  The North Zone harvest declined somewhat from 394 last year to 363 this season.  The top five counties for youth turkey harvest in the South Zone this spring were:  Jefferson (21), Wayne (21), Williamson (19), Randolph (17), and Johnson (12).  The top five counties for youth turkey harvest this year in the North Zone were:  Calhoun (23), Fulton (21), Cass (19), Pike (19), and Adams (17).  The 2009 Spring Youth Wild Turkey Hunt was conducted Mar. 28-29 in the South Zone and April 4-5 in the North Zone.

Mississippi Palisades/French Bluff reminder for Turkey Hunters

 During the 2009 Spring Wild Turkey hunting season, the IDNR will close the hunting area, parking areas, and trail heads leading into the hunting area at Mississippi Palisades State Park and the French Bluff Natural Area in Carroll County to all non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily. 

The campground, boat launch, and internal roads at Mississippi Palisades will remain open during all regular park hours.  Permits were issued for spring turkey hunting at Mississippi Palisades for the first four segments of the season (April 13-May 6) and for five segments of the season at French Bluff Natural Area (April 13-May 14).  Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.  For more information, contact the Mississippi Palisades site office at 815/273-2731.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop June 12-14

 Women interested in the outdoors are encouraged to sign up for the annual IDNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop on June 12-14 at the Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Ill.  BOW is designed to give women introductory experiences and instruction in various outdoor activities, ranging from the shooting sports to outdoor recreation to nature crafts and skills.

Program instructors emphasize the basics in instruction while providing information on equipment, associated clubs or organizations, and additional training opportunities.  The cost is $185 and includes housing, meals, class instruction, use of equipment in classes, giveaways, and more. Registration packets can be downloaded through the IDNR web site at

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